THE CRITICS

Critics - To find out more about a critic click those that are underlined

James Evershed Agate (1877-1947) Times Drama Critic from 1923 to 1947

"Long experience has taught me that in England nobody goes to the theatre unless he or she has bronchitis."
"Dramatic criticism has three functions. The first is to let the world know what the previous night's play has been about. There's no reason why a report of this kind should not be written by the same man who describes how in the afternoon he saw a man knocked down in Oxford Street. The second function is to tell the public whether the new play is good, bad or indifferent. This means that the critic must know his job. That is if you hold with my dictionary, which defines criticism as "The art of judging with knowledge and propriety of the beauty and faults of art". The third function is to report the theatre in terms of the art of writing."
 
 Kenneth Tynan
"The sheer complexity of writing a play always had dazzled me. In an effort to understand it, I became a critic."
 
"A critic is a man who knows the way but can't drive the car"

 Copyright - The Noel Coward Society - May 2001